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The world has a new piracy hotspot

BANGKOK — Maybe God has a soft spot for pirates. That would explain the Strait of Malacca, a natural paradise for seafaring bandits. Imagine an aquatic highway flowing between two marshy coasts. One shoreline belongs to Malaysia, the other to Indonesia. Each offers a maze of jungly hideaways: inlets and coves that favor pirates’ stealth vessels over slow, hulking ships.

Do you earn more money than a Somali pirate?

NAIROBI — Piracy off the coast of Somalia has been at a low ebb this year but the boat-borne bandits have had a good run, raking in over $400 million in ransom payments since 2005. That's according to a new report authored by the World Bank, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and Interpol’s Maritime Piracy Task Force. The big takeaway: it’s not the foot soldiers but the financiers who really benefit from the lucrative and illegal business.

Pirates: West Africa is a new hot spot for violence on the seas

NAIROBI — Armed guards and naval patrols are slowing piracy off the coast of Somalia, but on the across the continent in West Africa, ships face a different and perhaps more lethal threat.

Somali piracy drives security boom

NAIROBI — Ship owners spent over $1 billion on “security equipment and armed guards” to protect against piracy last year, according to a new report.

Somali pirates increase brutality

Nairobi — The pirate captors of the Taiwanese trawler Shiuh Fu-1 took exceptionally violent steps to extract a $3 million ransom from the vessel’s owner in January.

Somali pirates' rise linked to illegal fishing and toxic dumping

MOGADISHU — Illegal fishing and the dumping of toxic waste by international ships sparked Somali protests that became today's piracy.

Pirates: The economic costs of maritime crime

NAIROBI — Mombasa, one of the busiest and economically important ports in sub-Saharan Africa, is not as busy as it used to be, as a result of the threat of piracy off the Indian Ocean coast of Somalia.
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